PFOA

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Distribution of bottled water continues Monday for residents of Merrimack and Litchfield whose wells may be contaminated with the chemical known as PFOA.

The state is offering a month’s worth of water to all 400 homeowners within a one-mile radius of the Saint-Gobain Plastics Plants in Merrimack.

State environmental officials say the plant is the likely source of high levels of PFOA that’s been found in nearby wells.

Distribution of water began Sunday, and continues Monday at the Litchfield Transfer Station between noon and 7 p.m.

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In recent weeks, confusion and unease have increased in several New Hampshire towns where contamination with the chemical PFOA has been detected in private wells.

Though the EPA has yet to determine a safe level of PFOA in drinking water, Sarah Pillsbury, the administrator for public drinking water with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, is hoping that's about to change. 

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Residents of Litchfield grilled a panel from the Department of Environmental Services Thursday night with questions about water contamination in their town.

This was round two in a series of public information sessions after the contaminant PFOA was found in groundwater surrounding the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack. 

Two weeks ago, DES told residents they would get free bottled water only if their wells tested over 100 parts per trillion of this contaminant.

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After the Flint, Michigan water crisis, many around the country started taking a closer look their own water systems. And with a recent contamination scare in southern New Hampshire by the chemical PFOA  - the concerns have become local.  We'll look at the state's sources for drinking water, and the challenges to delivering it free from contaminants.

 

A manufacturer is "potentially responsible" for the cleanup in New Hampshire communities where elevated levels of the chemical used to make Teflon coatings were found in wells and drinking water, the state Environmental Services Department says.

A department letter to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, dated Friday, came after the department found over 20 wells within a 1-mile radius of the Merrimack plant had higher levels of the chemical PFOA.

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New Hampshire's Environmental Services Department says a manufacturer is "potentially responsible" for the cleanup of an area that has shown elevated levels of the chemical PFOA in wells and drinking water.

The department's letter to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics dated Friday came after it found 20 wells within a one-mile radius of the Merrimack facility showing higher levels of the chemical, used to make Teflon coatings.

Saint-Gobain found the presence of PFOA in its drinking water earlier this year and notified the DES.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that the state is going to extend the range of water testing as results continue to come in showing widespread contamination around the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington.

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